Hawes will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Timberwolves for rest purposes. Hawes has been a fairly consistent contributor for the Hornets this preseason, playing at least 19 minutes in each of his six appearances. He will now have the night off in the team's finale before the start of the regular season on Oct. 26. After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign where he shot just 40 percent from the field, the expectation is that Hawes will see a drop off in minutes this coming season.
Hawes posted six points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five assists and five rebounds across 21 minutes in Saturday's 104-86 preseason win over the Celtics. After averaging 18.2 minutes per game in his 57 appearances with the Hornets a season ago, Hawes looks set to see his playing time tail off in 2016-17. The big man possesses the ability to stretch the floor, but his 40.5 percent mark from the field last season leaves a lot to be desired from someone classified as a frontcourt player.
Hawes (shoulder) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 106-73 Game 7 loss to the Heat. Hawes was surprisingly deemed active for the series finale after the Hornets initially ruled him out for the remainder of the first round, but it appears he was only available in an emergency. With the Heat pushing their lead to 30 points by the end of the third quarter, there was no need for coach Steve Clifford to call Hawes' number with the game slipping away.
Hawes (shoulder) is going to try and play in Sunday's Game 7 against the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Hawes wasn't expected to be available at all during the rest of the first-round series against the Heat, so this news comes as a surprise. He's dealing with a right MCL sprain, but after going through warm-ups Sunday morning, Hawes is feeling good enough to take the court. It remains questionable what kind of minutes Hawes will see in his return, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Hornets decided to limit his playing time a bit. With Hawes back in the lineup, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams could see a slight decrease in minutes.
Hawes has been ruled out for at least one week after an MRI on Thursday revealed an MCL sprain. Fortunately the Hornets have the upper hand in their current series with the Heat, leading 3-2, but Hawes won't be able to return to the court until a potential Round 2 matchup with either the Raptors or Pacers. Either way, Hawes has an ancillary role with the Hornets while playing behind Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller, and Al Jefferson.
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